Hello, with the introduction of the really rather wonderful version 3. I’m having another (previously abandoned) attempt at creating an expression map for Cinesamples Voxos Choir - a library I use virtually every day.
In this library, key-switches are used to select one of twelve user-configured sequences of syllables. This necessitates the need for key-switches that aren’t visible in the score - as they have no meaning or relevance to the singers who will eventually sing the music.
My current solution is to have additional hidden staves that carry the key-switch pitches.
However, I would prefer to have a mechanism consisting of user-created ‘playing techniques’ (KS1, KS2 etc.) that can then be referenced in an expression map to generate the correct key-switch. (These ‘playing-techniques’ have to be hidden, of course)
Having done all this - the problem I’m having is that slurs seem to have a playback effect which includes triggering some unknown key-switch which messes up the playback. (the most noticeable effect is that it cancels the transposition)
This ‘messing-up’ is contingent on there being user-created key-switch actions in the expression map. In a simpler version that only has a 2-octave transposition (the women are separated from the men on the keyboard by being mapped 2-octaves higher!) slurs don’t seem to have any effect in this regard (good!)
I have discovered that the ‘suppress playback’ feature works to suppress this unwanted playback characteristic - but it also suppresses the desired characteristic of lengthening the note so that they overlap. (this is how Voxos plays back a melisma on the same syllable.)
My question is, therefore is there a way to control how slurs affect playback?
Or, is there a resource anywhere that lists what slurs (and other symbols) actually do? If I knew this I could probably write into the expression map an ‘action’ that particular instrument would ignore.
At present, it’s difficult to work out what the ‘best practice’ might be.
best wishes, Ian